The smooth, organic shape of EFG´s new chair EFG Archie is inspired by the human body, both in design and function. “Archie is not only an aesthetically appealing chair”, says designer Carl Öjerstam. “It is a chair that gives support to sitters of all sizes, all day long. To achieve this in such a minimalist chair, you need to go further than simply the look – you need to pay careful attention to different aspects of user ergonomics. There are thousands of chairs out there, but not all of them get the comfort right – so that is what we set out to do”.
“The process of developing EFG Archie has been long, and sometimes difficult” says Marianne Dahl, head of the EFG design team, “but it´s worth it now that we see the end result”. One challenge has been finding the perfect compound. “The material that we are now using for Archie is unique, and can not be found in any other chair on the market” says Marianne Dahl. “It is extremely flexible, highly durable, and it allows us to give Archie a finish that other materials don´t achieve. The pure compound also has a positive impact on recycling at the end of the product life span”.
EFG Archie offers a versatile and playful design perspective on an everyday item. EFG Archie comes in five different models, to suit every need, with both metal and wooden legs. The metal legs come in a range of colours. The basic plastic shell has contrasting surfaces, both soft matte and high-gloss. The upholstered variant of Archie can also be designed with contrasting colours of fabric if desired. Alltogether EFG Archie offers hundreds of possible variants of expression.
“EFG Archie is a fantastic chair”, says Craig Howarth, Commercial Director, “it embodies all the design goals of EFG, and the values of a modern workplace”.
Meet EFG Archie, design by Carl Öjerstam
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- Material: Shell: PC/ABS (references, LEGO, car bumpers, helmets) Fabric: one or two colours Legs: metal or wood
- Stackable: yes
- Variants: 4-legs, wooden base, sled base, bar chair, swivel base, armchair
- Colours: Shell: 5 as standard, unlimited for large orders Legs: up to 11 metal colours as standard, 3 wood colours
Meet Carl Öjerstam
Carl Öjerstam is a designer specializing in product design for mass production. Clients include IKEA, Tupperware, Vodafone, Kinnarps Group, Selecta, Materia, Svenskt Tenn, BRIO, to name a few. Awards include three times the RedDot design award, Residence Great form Prize in 2006.
Carl holds lectures for companies, organizations and schools in different areas with a focus on product development, range development and environmentally focused design for mass production.
Carl has appeared in a variety of books and magazines over the years, such as Swedish Design History, The International Design Yearbook, Scandinavian Design Beyond the Myth, Tools for Living, IKEA the book, FORM, MD, ELLE interior, Residence, Sköna hem, RUM, SCHÖNER WOHNEN, Perspective+, to name a few. Carl has also participated in a variety of exhibitions and events such as Elementos Sueco, (2005-06, Brazil and Germany), Pascal Gallery, 2005, Swedish FROM GLOBAL COOKING 2007, Red dot Design Award 2001-2008, The World Expo 2010 Shanghai China and a great number of IKEA PS launches / exhibitions.
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